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Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Nov;40 Suppl:S117-22.

Classification of child and adolescent eating disturbances. Workgroup for Classification of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (WCEDCA).

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

: The purpose of this article is to summarize major conceptual and clinical variables related to age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate classification of eating problems and disorders in children and adolescents.

METHOD:

A review of current classifications and related literature in child development is provided. Problems with current classification schemes are identified and discussed.

RESULTS:

Current classifications are inadequate to address the clinical and research needs of children and adolescents with eating disturbances and disorders.

CONCLUSION:

A range of possible changes in classification strategies for eating disorders in children and adolescents are described.

(c) 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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17868122
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